Archive for the ‘GMO’ Category

Pres. Obama signed the Dark Act (faulty GMO-labeling law)

Saturday, July 30th, 2016


By Catherine Haug, July 2016 (Image, right, from Organic Consumers Association, used with permission)

We have all worked so hard to defeat the DARK Act – the bill that kept coming back, written by Monsanto and other chemical and seed companies. It’s all been for naught, as the most recent version, a so-called compromise bill sponsored by a Republican and a Democrat, was passed by both houses and signed by our President.

I’ve copied a message below, originally from the White House about the bill for your reference. I’m so bummed. Those of us who want mandatory GMO labeling in clear words (not QR codes or telephone numbers) now have serious work to do. Plus the new law allows some GMO ingredients not to be labeled, and also allows GMO seeds not to be labeled. What’s up with that?

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) now has the responsibility to implement the law. This includes undertaking a study to determine whether consumers – we the people –  face challenges related to our access to electronic disclosures (read the attached email for more)/

We, the consumers, have a responsibility to make sure the USDA knows we don’t like this plan and we have trouble discerning what does/does not contain GMO ingredients. (more…)

Vermont’s GMO Labeling law and the anti-labeling push

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016
GMO Button

GMO Button

By Catherine Haug, June 15, 2016

It’s less than a month before Vermont’s mandatory GMO labeling law takes effect, and you can be sure Monsanto, et. al., are doing all they can to pass Sen. Robert’s  DARK Act, or any compromise that doesn’t mandate on-package labels for genetically engineered foods, to stop this Vermont law from taking effect.

From the Farm-To-Consumer-Legal-Defence-Fund (1):

(Sen. Roberts’] bill, dubbed the Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act, would preempt state GMO labeling laws, taking power away from our state legislatures….

In place of state laws for mandatory, on-package labeling, the DARK Act would continue the failed approach of voluntary labeling, together with secretive QR codes, websites, and call-in numbers, none of which serve to inform the majority of consumers about what is in their food.

Montana’s Senator Tester supports mandatory labeling of GMOs – in words, not QR codes. I’m not so sure about Sen. Daines’ stance.

If you have an opinion on mandatory GMO labeling, please contact your senators. See US Senators, by state: where senators are listed in alphabetical order by last name.


FTCLDF on GMO Labeling:

New GMO Label from Campbells

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

CampbellsGMO labelBy Catherine Haug, May 31, 2016 (Image, right and below, from Twitter (1))

As Big Food prepares for Vermont’s GMO Labeling law to take effect in July of this year, GMO labels are beginning to appear on processed foods. The image, right, and larger version below, is the back label on a can of Campbell’s Spaghettios (1). Note the “What’s in my Food” image just to the right of the GMO information, and the url for, which are part of Campbell’s campaign for transparency.

Big AG (Monsanto, are in a panic, and are once again planning to introduce a new Senate version of the DARK Act. (The actual but mis-leading name  is “Safe and Accurate Labeling Act;” it would allow voluntary labeling with QR codes that would require a smartphone to read; see my earlier post: ‘QR code’ to label GMO foods? for more).

If you want mandatory GMO labeling (not voluntary QR codes), watch the video (below), then contact your Senators; see Government (Contact). Here’s contact info for our MT Senators:


Battle on GMO labeling making significant progress

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016


By Catherine Haug, May 17, 2016 (Image, right, from OCA, used with permission)

ESP has been a strong advocate of GMO labeling, and now it seems as though the battle is going through a much anticipated turning point. Andrew Kimbrell* has written a great article on this turn-around, (also available on Food Revolution Network website (1))  “In a Remarkable Triumph of Democracy Over Corporate Power, GMO Labeling Has Finally Arrived in the U.S.” This article is copied below, and can also be read (with a great photo) on the Food Revolution website (1).

‘* Andrew Kimbrell is an internationally recognized public interest attorney, public speaker, and author. He is the founder and Executive Director of Center for Food Safety. (2)

See also my recent related articles, and a link to all GMO articles on this site:

Read on for the Food Revolution article: (more…)

GMO Apples

Saturday, April 30th, 2016


By Catherine Haug, April 30, 2016 (image, right, from Organic Consumers’ Association (4), used with permission)

A variety of GMO apple has been approved for a while now – the Arctic Apple in two varieties, Granny Smith and Golden Delicious (3); its DNA has been modified to keep it from turning brown once the apple is cut or sliced. You probably won’t see this in the produce section (at least not at first), but if you eat commercial products containing cooked apples, or prepped fresh fruit plates, you may be unwittingly eating this GMO apple.

It may sound harmless enough – at least it isn’t GMO to allow being heavily sprayed with insecticides – but it may actually be even worse than the pesticides. (more…)

2015 Dirty Dozen (pesticide-laden fruits, veggies) and Clean 15

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016
Apples at Market

Apples at Market

By Catherine Haug, April 13, 2016; updated April 27 to add the Clean 15 (image, right, from Wikimedia Commons)

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has published it’s annual “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15” lists based on tests on over 7,000 samples (non-Organic) around the country during 2014. Dirty Dozen are fruits and vegetables with the highest levels of pesticide residue, and Clean 15 are those with the lowest levels; the tests do not include seeds and grains, just fresh produce. (1,2) Compare this with  2013 “Dirty Dozen” – Foods best as Organic published in 2013.

They also added a new category: Dirty Dozen Plus, which may not have had high levels of pesticides, but those they found were particularly toxic. (1,2)

Note that these tests are on non-organic produce. To avoid the toxic pesticides, always choose Organic when you can. (more…)